I couldn't take it anymore...
I suppose mostly because I am just so livid!
I mostly just lurk on Facebook...have an account and my "friends" consist of mostly two groups: a bunch of outdoor/fishing types (why I stay on FB is actually in order to participate in a yearly fishing contest and it's required to post catch photos on a specific page for "measurement proof") and many of my former running club.
It's actually my old running club crowd that is the problem; they have, over the course of the last two years (gee, guess why?) they spew/spout all the standard "garbage." I let it slide...as I said, just there for one reason. Ironically, given the stereotype of the "redneck" hunter/fisher types, that crowd is reasoned, logical, and despite differing opinions among them, retain civility and just argue with fact vs. emotion (for the most part).
Anyway...watching the old running crowd broke something in me today and I unleashed; I can't stand by while these kids are demolished and demonized, because through my own investigation, it is massively unwarranted, way out of line, extremely damaging, and unjust. Probably because I have kids of my own, and if they were to conduct themselves in a similar manner, in a similar circumstance, I would actually be relieved and quite proud; kids like these should be praised for their good judgment, restraint and overall resilient attitude in the face of fairly bizarre circumstances.
I couldn't let it slide. So I posted a response to the Facebook crowd, to the ones calling for heads and all the thumbs up/disgust with these despicable and horrid kids...ruin them! Of course I knew I'd find similar at GOS, so I did something I thought I'd never do and copy/paste there. Maybe finally get banned I guess...but for some odd reason I can't fully articulate, I just HAD to.
If you haven't guessed, it's the, by now infamous, Covington incident in D.C. The knee-jerk and now later backpedal, but still spin them as at fault/monsters, is still erroneous and the snippets/splicing/editing being shown is still viable, because who's gonna watch 106 minutes of video to ascertain themselves?
Me, that's who. I watched it...every goddamn second. Video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3EC1_gcr34
Very similar to my aforementioned posts on FB/GOS, is what I observed, with mostly a copy/paste:
Every second, I was expecting at least some of what I'd seen splashed across the internet would surface. Not even close.
The Covington students did not have any "aggressive form of political expression." It was the opposite.
The students neither performed tomahawk chops, nor engaged in any mocking, no chanting, "build the wall."
And that "revisionist account" from reason.com? I actually found that to be the closest to reality seen in the video, followed closely by the azcentral account (that latter took as fact the "aggressive students toward the 4 black men," whereas it was the opposite).
What follows, are any relevant facets of the incident that I observed in the video, where I had taken notes:
A group, self-identified as, "BHI," are "preaching." Some key elements these "BHI" espoused during the video:
"Wicked people will die...the Lord says to warn that wicked people, whoever's living foul, whoever's breaking the commandments of God, whoever's a faggot, and a lesbian, and a dyke, and a child molester...and like this child molesting priest right there...God says...that's what I'm doin'."
"Look at this dumb ass nigger (referring to a black guy getting offended)...stupid ass nigger...coon ass...super Sambo ass"
"Now you want to be a simple nigger too, what's wrong with you?"
"You're an asshole on a skateboard (to random board rider)."
"As soon as he gets too close, his ass gonna get punished (about same random board rider)."
"Get too close! As soon as you get too close, your ass is going down! Get too close, your ass gonna be laid out! You peckerwood, ass, bastard! (same random board rider, about 8-15 feet away, minding his own business, riding in circles)...I bet you he's a dumb ass Puerto Rican!"
"As soon as he get too close, I'm gonna tear his ass up (looks for a weapon in his stuff). He think I'm playing, I'm gonna whack the fuck outta his ass."
"As soon as he get too close (the rider that has kept his distance, doing nothing other than ride in circles that have actually increased to a distance of about 15 feet at minimum, and is nowhere to be seen at the moment), I'm gonna knock him down and fuck him up!"
The Covington kids (congregated a distance away and waiting for bus) are now taunted by the "BHI." The "BHI," refer them:
"dusty ass animals"
"bunch of child molesting faggots"
"a bunch of pedophiles"
"dirty ass crackers"
"a bunch of future school shooters...(kids move further away at that)...(chuckle) look at their ass...their ass scatter for that one!"
"Yeah! They look like they about to shoot up a school right now!"
"slivery ass bastards"
"get rid of that lice off your back"
"bunch of hyenas...bunch of dogs"
Build a wall? Those kids never said that...the only wall mention, is from "BHI," never heard kids say it. Kids do some of their school cheers...stated as such in a later interview and sure sounded like the school-sport type of cheers students do on the video; that was before the interjection of Phillips, and was apparently to drown out the vitriol they have been subjected 50+ minutes.
Feigning tomahawks, taunting the "poor native-american drummer/Phillips, mocking him? The only thing remotely close to that, was those "school cheers" where some adventurous kid, producing some levity, ripped off his shirt, and performed antics that coincide with one of their sport cheers; it's quite clear at 1:09:48. Hilarious. This is well before Phillips with his drum and could not be construed as mocking, because he hadn't arrived on scene during that time...nowhere. The chanting started well prior to Phillips wandering over, continued ongoing as he approached and finally entered, and were neither directed toward him, nor mocking native americans; they were clearly their school-spirit antics that they had attempted as drowning tactic to dispel the hour's worth of spewed hate directed them. Their school-spirit cheers are garden-variety chants seen at thousands of high-school sport events, nation-wide. I suppose the kids jumping at about 1:12:34, as the drummers were approaching, with hand raised could be stretched by confirmation bias, but note that another person, walking alongside Phillips, gives impression a part of the approaching drummer group and is bouncing, hand raised (camera in-hand), similarly, and the kids probably took signal to react in kind. If you're concerned that the 1:13:01 dance is somehow a mock, no, that looks to me as Orange Justice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-LCvYPbCVA
Just a meme to go with the new beat.
I nearly coughed up my coffee at 1:13:44, when one of the "BHI" states, "Hey, now they gonna join in, huh?...Did he calm all these white person's down?...He calmed them all down. All these person were becoming demonic, and 'Dad' came in and calmed them all down."
What cognitive dissonance on display! The kids have done nothing, while being verbally antagonized for over an hour by this group, and somehow, in these warped minds, the kids weren't calm, but are now being calmed by their 'Dad'? Utterly warped interpretation of what has transpired so far.
This "mocking" claim, is also the verbiage of the delusional group that spewed that 100+ minutes of hate, those "BHI." They mention the "mockery" at 1:14:20: "Look how they mock us! Serious mockery, with their Make America Great Again hats." They were referring to the wearing of the hats, as the mockery. So that "mocking" assertion is simply regurgitating the spin of this scene, direct from the "BHI," that have spent the last 74 minutes calling everyone faggots, assholes, dykes, niggers, pedophiles, bastards, dirty ass crackers, dogs, animals, etc., and muttering threats about using an implement to beat the shit out of anyone within range; you chose to believe their delusional tale, misattributed toward the wrong group, over the factual evidence showing these kids have done nothing other than be in the wrong place, wrong time, and got pummeled with hatred from random strangers for 74 minutes so far, while standing around waiting for their school bus.
The "BHI," continue to call them:
"You're all a bunch of school shooters. You all got the school shooter haircut. It's in your eyes!"
"You's a cracker! All of you, crackers!"
"Ya'll got one nigger in the crowd, huh? One nigger, huh? Oh, you got two niggers in the crowd?"
"Get out, nigger!"
"What does the Trump water taste like? Does it taste like incest?"
"This is a faggot, child molester!"
"Christ is coming back to kick your white asses! Christ is coming back to kick your crackers asses!"
"He's proud to be a product of sodomy."
"You give faggots rights." (to the boo of the students)
"Tell that to Bill Cosby. What are we laughing at? What? You ate some brownies? You ate brownies, you took a piece of the peace pipe?"
"Ain't gonna be no peace, until blood is shed!"
"If you're a bunch of child molesters, if you're a bunch of faggots, if you're a bunch of dykes, your prayer ain't bein' heard!"
One of the kids, responds, "We don't judge you," following 85 minutes of pure hate directed toward them from the "BHI," yet the kids, are the haters?
Kids leave at 1:26:46, as the bus arrived. "BHI," redirects their verbal assault on a new group of people engaged in a nearby prayer circle for the remainder of the video.
None of the kids even returned simple jeers, or insults; they remained cordial, and mostly just astonished. Nearly everywhere I look online, has it all backwards. Most likely, because Phillips fed that same twisted, backward tale to later interviews and the "news" ran with it. He claimed he could sense the "hate" coming from the kids, that he needed to defuse; it was the exact opposite situation. Those kids never said "build a wall," those kids never displayed hate, those kids did absolute nothing to warrant even mild admonition; they sat silent for 50+ minutes, absorbing attack without reaction, eventually did some school chants, then looked with slight confusion and bemusement as some lone stranger approached this bizarre scene with drums, furthering the strange spectacle to a level I'm sure none of these kids had ever been witness, or could have foreseen at the beginning of their day. I watched the full 106 minutes and saw nothing like what these people online and the "news" described that first day. I challenge anyone to watch the full thing and tell me where my observations are wrong: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3EC1_gcr34
That kid's "hate" is imagined, misplaced, since all the hate being spewed for nearly two hours would be correctly placed elsewhere. I'll give you one guess who was the only group evincing hate during the entire 106 minutes...it's obvious to all but those who willfully remain blind.